European Masters Snooker 2022 | Day Four Preview and Order of Play

    O’Sullivan plays world number 81 Hugill (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images)

    Ronnie O’Sullivan continues his quest for a maiden European Masters title when he locks horns with Ashley Hugill on Thursday.

    It is crossover day at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, where eight players will remain as the second round and last 16 draw to a conclusion.

    The Rocket was runner-up to Judd Trump in the inaugural event in 2016, while he suffered a surprise defeat against first-year pro Aaron Hill last season.

    O’Sullivan, who won the 2003 European Open, opened the week with a commanding 5-1 win over former Crucible finalist Nigel Bond.

    The six-time World champion was then taken to the wire by Zhang Anda, who recovered from 4-2 down to force a decider, while he snatched two crucial frames on the black to prevent a nervier conclusion to his 5-1 victory over another Chinese Cueist in Wu Yize.

    Next, the Rocket gets set to do battle with Hugill for the first time.

    Making only his third appearance in the last 16 of a ranking event, the world number 81 has already beaten Jack Lisowski and Ali Carter this week.

    Elsewhere, Neil Robertson looks to resume his rampant form when he takes on Pang Junxu, while Masters and Players Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins takes on Championship League winner David Gilbert.

    Robertson hit four successive centuries – and was a few pots away from making it five – in his comprehensive 5-0 whitewash of Alfie Burden, and will be targeting more of the same today.

    Tom Ford is also looking to build on his impressive 5-0 rout of John Higgins when he plays Fraser Patrick, as Kyren Wilson’s conqueror Fan Zhengyi faces compatriot Yan Bingtao.

    Anthony McGill has only dropped a single frame in his two matches so far; the two-time ranking event winner goes up against Kurt Maflin, who stunned Judd Trump in the second round.

    Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown, who dethroned Mark Selby on Tuesday, takes on form Crucible king Graeme Dott, while Ryan Day collides with Sunny Akani.

    Play gets underway at 10am GMT on Thursday with all matches over the best of nine frames at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.


    European Masters 2022 Schedule of Play

    Thursday February 24

    Round Two

    43 Barry Hawkins v David Gilbert
    44 Neil Robertson v Pang Junxu
    49 Liang Wenbo v Noppon Saengkham
    50 Ricky Walden v Yuan Si Jun

    Last 16

    53 Graeme Dott v Jordan Brown
    54 Ryan Day v Sunny Akani
    55 Yan Bingtao v Fan Zhengyi
    57 Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ashley Hugill

    56 Winner of Match 43 v Winner of Match 44
    58 Tom Ford v Fraser Patrick
    59 Winner of Match 49 v Winner of Match 50
    60 Anthony McGill v Kurt Maflin

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